Did you know the iconic Marina Beach of Chennai has featured in the opening scene of hundreds of Tamil movies? On weekends, the beach draws more than 50,000 visitors each day and the number increases during the summer. This is what an article by Thomas Cook had to say.
But, Chennai has much more to offer than this beach, especially for Delhiites wanting to escape the harsh winter. All you need to do is book domestic flights between Delhi and Chennai to explore some tourist attractions.
Here are some must see places when you do go to the capital of Tamil Nadu.
Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai
Located a few kilometers from Besant Beach, the temple is considered to be the home of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and knowledge. The idols are installed in four levels and the main deities of Mahalakshmi and Mahavishnu are placed on the second level. The most unique part of this temple is that the sound of the ocean waves echo all around the temple complex.
Guindy National Park
Guindy National Park, located in Rangeguindy, is home to 15 species of mammals, 150 bird species and more than 300 types of trees. The national park has dense forests, streams and grasslands, along with a variety of insects and 60 species of butterflies. If you are travelling with children, this park should be on top of your list of places to visit. The park closes at 5:30 pm. So, make sure you book Delhi to Chennai flights to give yourself enough time to visit the park.
Also known as Besant Nagar Beach, this is one of the cleanest and most peaceful beaches of Chennai. If you want to splash in the water or sunbathe with friends and family, this is a must visit. There are plenty of eateries around this area too. The Ashtalakshmi Kovil and the Velankanni church is nearby as well.
This is a living history museum, located in South Chennai. The lifestyle, architecture, craft and culture of the four states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are displayed through 18 houses and over 4,000 artefacts. Search for flights between Delhi and Chennai and reach the city in the morning to spend early hours of the day here.
This library, located at Egmore, is a bookworm’s paradise. One of the four depository libraries of India; it houses every newspaper, book and magazine published in the country. If you are an avid reader and want to spend some peaceful time, you must visit this library. Apart from a huge collection of readables, it also has video rooms, a periodic hall and references to enhance the overall experience.
Thousand Lights Mosque
It is believed that during ancient times, 1,000 lights were needed to light up the entire hall of this mosque. This hall has separate prayer areas for men and women. The mosque lights light up the entire area of Royapettah, making for a spectacular view at night. Visit this place to witness the architecture and learn about its religious importance.
While in Chennai, keep a day aside for a visit to Mahabalipuram too. At the end of your memorable tour, don’t forget to reach the airport on time for your Chennai to Delhi flight to take you home.